Alex Sullivan Learning Scholarship

Aurora Rise

Aurora Rise is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in the wake of the Century 16 Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012. Aurora Rise was set up by community members to help those affected. As part of our mission, we work to remember those who were lost so we created our scholarship program.

The scholarship will support students that need extra educational support – we understand that in these strange times many students who may not have needed educational support before do now as they navigate a new system involving remote work and more. As such, we welcome students experiencing any kind of educational struggle to apply. The funds from the scholarship can be used in any way to support your education, including but not limited to: tutoring, new remote learning equipment, and more.

The Alex Sullivan Learning Scholarship was created in memory of Alex Sullivan; Alex was one of the victims of the Century 16 Aurora theater shooting. He was an avid comic book reader and movie nut; Alex used comic books as a way to deal with his lifelong struggles with dyslexia. The Alex Sullivan Learning Scholarship is a way to continue Alex’s loving spirit and his determination of overcoming the obstacles of dyslexia.


  1. Scholarship application acceptance period START: 12/19/2020
  2. DEADLINE for scholarship applications is: 1/31/2021
  3. Refer below for eligibility requirements and application process.
  4. Type or print legibly. Illegible applications will be returned to you.
  5. Winners will be notified by email by: 2/15/2021
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Award Component

Aurora Rise will award $1,000 in scholarship funds that rewards students
that need educational support. These funds will be split into two scholarships of $500 each.

Award Criteria:

Applicant must be registered at an elementary, middle, or high school or homeschooled in the Denver metro area defined as the following counties: Denver, Arapahoe , Douglas, Elbert, Jefferson , Boulder , Broomfield , Weld, Adams , Park, Clear Creek or Gilpin.

Application Process:

Applicant must submit the following items:

  1. Completed application form, see below.
  2. Applicant must agree to a personal interview with the selection committee in person or on the phone, upon completion of the application.

For youth in kindergarten through third grade, the essays can be written by a parent or teacher.

I hereby affirm that all the above stated information provided by me is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also consent that my picture may be taken and used for any purpose deemed necessary to promote Aurora Rise’s scholarship program.